Shi Liang

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Shi Liang
Born (1900-03-27)March 27, 1900
Died September 6, 1985(1985-09-06) (aged 85)
Nationality PRC
Citizenship PRC

Shi Liang (Chinese: 史良; pinyin: Shǐ Liáng; Wade–Giles: Shih Liang; March 27, 1900 – September 6, 1985) was a prominent lawyer and activist of the Republic of China. She was the only woman arrested in what was known as the Seven Gentlemen Incident on the eve of war with Japan in 1936. In 1949, she became the Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China.


Shi Liang was born in Changzhou, Jiangsu in 1900. She was educated in Shanghai and became a lawyer there. She and other six intellectuals were arrested by Chiang Kai-shek's government in 1936, which is known as the Seven Gentlemen Incident.[1]

Cai Chang and Shi Liang on Tian'anmen 1950

Shi was the first Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1959. [2]


  • Lee, Lily Xiao Hong (2016). "Shi Liang". Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women. Volume 2. London: Routldge. pp. 450–455.
  • Shan, Patrick Fuliang (2013), "Demythologizing Politicized Myths: A New Interpretation of the Seven Gentlemen Incident", Frontiers of History in China, 8 (1): 51–77


  1. ^ Shan (2013), pp. 51-77.
  2. ^ Lee (2016), pp. 454-455.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
New office
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Wei Wenbo
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yang Mingxuan
Chairperson of China Democratic League
Succeeded by
Hu Yuzhi

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